Curatorial/Collections Management Intern
The Camden County Historical Society (CCHS) internship program is designed to provide students with an introduction to standard museum practice and provide hands-on experience in museum work. By the end of the term, the intern will be fully familiar with the collections management and curatorial functions within the museum setting. CCHS offers interns the opportunity to work in a small non-profit institution with a dedicated staff. Interns will gain diverse experience in activities typical of small museums and historic sites.
The museum intern will assist with the day-to-day operation of the CCHS museums. The museum intern will work with the Museum Director on the overall management of the Historical Societys collections as well as the operations of the 18th century Georgian mansion, Pomona Hall, and the Museum of Camden County History.
The intern will have hands-on experience with objects in the permanent collection in terms of inventorying, assessment of condition, storage and maintenance, accessioning and deaccessioning, cataloguing, researching, conserving, and entering information into the PastPerfect database.
The museum intern will also have the opportunity to work with staff on the research, planning, and installation of exhibitions. CCHS staff will work with each intern/volunteer to select tasks and projects that suit individual interests and skills.
Historical background and experience with museums, libraries, and working with the public a plus, but not required. Applicants should have an interest in history or related disciplines. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail a must. Research and editing experience is a plus. Computer literacy: Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software and Microsoft Office helpful. Experience using a digital camera and scanner is also helpful.
Internships are available year-round. The museum staff accepts three (3) per semester. Individual responsibilities are determined by the educational background and work experience of the intern, as well as the needs of the museum. While this position is unpaid, school credit can easily be arranged.
Hours are flexible (Wednesday - Friday from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM), but interns are expected to commit at least 7 hours a week to CCHS. The diverse in-depth experience that interns experience working at CCHS make this an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student in history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, library science, sociology, and related fields.
Please visit the CCHS website www.cchsnj.com for more information about the historical society and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered for Spring 2012 internship position, please email your cover letter and resume to our Museum Director, Elizabeth Dean, at email@example.com. Application deadline is December 31, 2011. Early applicants will be given strong preference.